Sorry to hear of your problems. I do not know much about
the infections cos I have never had one. I started doing the self cath cos the neurologist said that is the best way to avoid infections if your bladder is not emptying fully. But I am very acidic so what Gretchen says about
the Cranberry rings true. Maybe you should give it a go! I have actually found since I started self cath that my bladder is a bit better. It is more responsive and I have much more control over the relevant muscles. Also I seem to be retaining less urine. I have been doing s/c for about
2 months, perhaps yours will improve too with time. All the best, dont give up keep searching for a solution.